Five Arsenal players face fitness tests ahead of Sunday's Premier League north London derby at home to rivals Tottenham.Theo Walcott (hamstring) is likely to be in contention but doubts remain over Santi Cazorla (achilles), Nacho Monreal (muscular), Hector Bellerin (unspecified) and Kieran Gibbs, who suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League win over Ludogorets on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Granit Xhaka is available having served a three-game domestic ban after being sent off against Swansea, while Lucas Perez (ankle), Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (bothknee) are definite absentees


Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether to start Tottenham striker Harry Kane in the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday.Kane has been out for almost seven weeks with an ankle ligament injury, but he has recovered and will be named in the squad.

A late decision will be made on Mousa Dembele, who is struggling with a foot problem, but Erik Lamela (hip) and Toby Alderweireld (leg) are out. Moussa Sissoko remains suspended.

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Arsenal are winless in their last four Premier League north London derbies (D3 L1) – they've never gone five without a winagainst Tottenham in the league under Arsene Wenger.Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino is undefeated as a manager in his four Premier League north London derbies.

No Spurs manager has ever gone unbeaten in their first five league games against Arsenal in top flight history.The only previous north London derby that kicked off at noon in the Premier League was in November 2004 – Arsenal won 5-4 at White Hart Lane.

The team scoring first has failed to win this fixture on 23 occasions, the highest number in Premier League history (15 draws, eight defeats).

The Gunners have scored at least once in 42 of their last 43 meetings with Tottenham in all competitions.Indeed, Tottenham have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 league meetings with Arsenal – their longest current run against an opponent in the Premier League.

Arsenal have lost just one of their last 20 Premier League games (W12 D7 L1).

Tottenham are without defeat in their first 10 league games of a season for the first time since 1990-91. They eventually finished 10th that season.

Since his debut in 2013-14, Mesut Ozil has provided 12 PremierLeague assists for Olivier Giroud, more than any other player has managed for a single team-mate in the competition during this period.

Olivier Giroud has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances for Arsenal – three of these have been headers. In fact, since his PL debut, Giroud has scored the most headed goals in the competition (20).

Arsenal have averaged 1.59 points per game in November during Arsene Wenger's reign at the club; their worst performing month in the Premier League under the Frenchman.Alexis Sanchez has been directly involved in nine goals in his last eight Premier League appearances (six goals, three assists).

Since Mauricio Pochettino took over at Spurs, the Lilywhites have amassed 154 Premier League points (the 4th highest total), with Arsenal accruing the most (169).

Tottenham have shipped a league-low five goals this season, with only 10 sides in Premier League history conceding fewer goals at this stage of a campaign.